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Lester R. Kluting

Lester R. Kluting

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Fairacres Baptist Church in Las Cruces for Lester R. Kluting of Las Cruces.

Kluting, 91, passed away Dec. 18, 2015, at home with his wife and daughter Laura at his side.

Pastor Chip Moore of Fairacres Baptist Church and Pastor Floyd Goodloe of Capitan will officiate at the services. Military honors will be included.

Lester was born May 29, 1924, in Peacock, Texas, one of 10 children of Chester and Mattie Kluting.

On March 27, 1959, he married Doris Kuykendall in Roswell. The marriage service was performed by Judge Perry Bean, a descendant of the famous Judge Roy Bean.

Lester served in the Army during World War II in Europe and made many lasting friendships there, attending Army reunions for years.

He had numerous jobs during his lifetime – including farmer, postman and volunteer fireman – but his main career was in the trucking industry. The last 15 years before his retirement, he was a tanker driver for Truckstops of America. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his family, other drivers, coworkers, neighbors and friends.

Lester accepted the Lord as his Savior at a young age and lived his life as an example of Christ’s love. He was a member of Fairacres Baptist Church from 1996 until his death and had a church home in every place he lived.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; daughters Patricia McGinnis and husband Larry of Arkansas and Laura Rowan and husband Wallace of Las Cruces; grandson Wade Cockrell of Hawaii; sister Rebecca Phillips of Carlsbad; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of other loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight of his siblings.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice or Fairacres Baptist Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of Getz Funeral Home of Las Cruces. Condolences may be expressed online at www.getzcares.com.